US partners Ondo on HIV treatment

The United States of America has partnered Ondo state government on the treatment of HIV patients.

The Consul-General of the United States of America in Nigeria, Claire Pierengelo, stated that over 12,000 people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Ondo state had received treatment through the APIN Public Health Initiative.

He stated this at the inauguration of the HIV Treatment Surge, held at the International Cultural and Event Center, Akure.

She also said the U.S government, through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, has invested more than $85 billion in the global HIV/ AIDS response since 2003.

She stated further that the U.S has been supporting the Nigerian government since 2019 to rapidly reduce the number of people living with HIV.

She said: “Equally important, is PEPFAR’s support in Nigeria’s policy development, human capacity building, and strengthening health systems, including the provision of state-of-the-art laboratories and pharmaceutical warehouses.

“By the end of March 2021, there were over 12,000 people living with HIV that are receiving PEPFAR-supported treatment.”

The Ondo state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said the programme was geared towards achieving HIV epidemic control that will chart a sustainable course for HIV prevention in the state.

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